Liz James’ connection to the Ottolangui family is through her husband Ron, who is descended from Abraham Joachim who was born about 1838 in Krotoschin, Posen, Prussia and Reyna Ottolangui was born in Spitalfields, London, daughter of
Moses Ottolangui and Emma Bensabat.
Abraham and Reyna married on 10th June 1868 in East Melbourne Hebrew Congregation, Australia.
On Australia Day in January 2021, Liz was awarded the Order of Australia for her work in genealogy and family history…this was the reaction of her daughter Lisa:
“My mum, Liz James, has been recognised with an OAM in the Australia Day awards.
Our family couldn’t be prouder.
Starting her genealogical journey over 20 years ago, we witnessed the walls in our family home change dramatically. Contemporary artwork was replaced with life-size family trees, until there were no free walls or cupboard-doors.
Instead of preparing family dinners, my mum chose to build family trees. It’s been busy and noble work.
By extensively researching our family history back over 1000 years, mum has discovered a multitude of cousins all over the globe- each with an interesting tale to tell.
Her work has filled missing gaps in personal histories for people who are keen to learn about the fate of their long-lost ancestors. Mum and the team at the AJHS and the AJGS have also helped hundreds of children with their School Roots projects.
Today’s award is lovely recognition for a life dedicated to volunteering and helping others.”
On 20th April 2021 Liz wrote:
An unforgettable day today as the Hon Linda Dessau AM the Governor of Victoria presented me with my OAM at Government House. So lucky that my family were with me for this very special ceremony.
Liz is the third person in the Australian Ottolangui dynasty to receive a national recognition after Elizabeth Langley who was awarded the Order of Canada for dedication to dance, and Deborah Conway who was awarded the Order of Australia for her contribution to music. Congratulations Ladies!!